Cultural Worker & Artist
Affiliated Organization: Xudzidaa Kwaan dance group, Institute of American Indian Art, Juneau Tlingit Dancers
Areas of Training: Native American cultural work and art
Odin Lonning (Tlingit name SH NOW TAAN) was born in Juneau, Alaska. He is Woosh Ke Taan (Eagle and Shark) clan through his Tlingit mother. He is named after his Norwegian father. Odin attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Seeking a deeper understanding of the culture essential to his artwork, Odin started dancing and learning traditional songs. He first danced with the Juneau Tlingit Dancers in 1992 and later with Seattle-based Ku-Tee-Ya Dancers. He currently dances with Xudzidaa Kwaan dance group of Angoon, Alaska. Odin now lives on Vashon Island near Seattle, where he works on multiple projects and private commissions, and cultural presentations. Learn more here.